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PART 7 - INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Division 1 - General Provisions
Environmental Health Officer may visit, inspect and report
110. An Environmental Health Officer -

(a) may visit and inspect any house, its occupants, fixtures and fittings; and


(b) who has reason to believe that there has been a breach of the Act, any regulation made under the Act or these Local Laws relating to infectious diseases, shall, as soon as possible, submit a written report on the matter to the local government.
Requirements on owner or occupier to clean, disinfect and disinfest
111. (1) The local government or the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services may, by notice in writing, direct an owner or occupier of premises, within the time and in the manner specified in the notice, to clean, disinfect and disinfest -

(a) the premises; or

(b) such things in or on the premises as are specified in the notice,

or both, to the satisfaction of an Environmental Health Officer.


(2) An owner or occupier shall comply with a notice given under sub-clause (1).
Environmental Health Officer may disinfect or disinfest premises
112. (1) Where the local government or the Medical Officer is satisfied that any case of infectious disease has occurred on any premises, the Local government or the Medical Officer may direct an Environmental Health Officer, other local government officer or other person to disinfect and disinfest the premises or any part of the premises and anything in or on the premises.
(2) An owner or occupier of premises shall permit, and provide access to enable, an Environmental Health Officer, other local government officer or other person to carry out the direction given under sub-clause (1).
(3) The local government may recover, in a court of competent jurisdiction, the cost of carrying out the work under this clause from the owner or occupier of the premises in or on which the work was carried out.
(4) The local government shall not be liable to pay compensation or damages of any kind to the owner or occupier of premises in relation to any action taken by the local government or any of its staff or employees under this clause.
Insanitary houses, premises and things
113. (1) An owner or occupier of any house or premises shall maintain the house or premises free from any insanitary condition or thing.
(2) Where the local government considers that a house is insanitary, it may, by notice in writing, direct an owner of the house, within the time and in the manner specified in the notice, to destroy or amend the house.
(3) Where an Environmental Health Officer considers that -

(a) a house or premises is not being maintained in a sanitary condition; or

(b) any thing is insanitary, the officer may, by notice in writing, direct, as the case may be -

(i) the owner or occupier of the house or premises to amend any insanitary condition; or

(ii) the owner or occupier of the thing to destroy or amend it,

within the time and in the manner specified in the notice.


(4) A person to whom a notice has been given under sub-clauses (2) or (3) shall comply with the terms of the notice.
Medical Officer may authorise disinfecting
114. (1) Where the Medical Officer believes that a person is or may be infected by an infectious disease, the Officer may direct the person to have his or her body, clothing and effects disinfected at a place and in a manner directed by the Medical Officer.
(2) A person shall comply with any direction of the Medical Officer under this clause.
Persons in contact with an infectious disease sufferer
115. If a person in any house is, or is suspected of, suffering from an infectious disease, any occupant of the house or any person who enters or leaves the house -

(a) shall obey such instructions or directions as the local government or the Medical Officer may issue;

(b) may be removed, at the direction of the local government or the Medical Officer to isolation in an appropriate place to prevent or minimise the risk of the infection spreading; and

(c) if so removed, shall remain in that place until the Medical Officer otherwise directs.


Declaration of infected house or premises
116. (1) To prevent or check the spread of infectious disease, the local government or the Medical Officer may from time to time declare any house or premises to be infected.
(2) A person shall not enter or leave any house or premises declared to be infected without the written consent of the Medical Officer or the Manager of Environmental Health &Regulatory Services.
Destruction of infected animals

117. (1) The Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services, upon being satisfied that an animal is or may be infected or is liable to be infected or to convey infection may, by notice in writing, direct that the animal be examined by a registered veterinary officer and all steps taken to enable the condition to be controlled or eradicated or the animal destroyed and disposed of -

(a) in the manner and within the time specified in the notice; and

(b) by the person in whose possession, or upon whose premises, the animal is located.
(2) A person who has in his or her possession or upon premises occupied by him or her, an animal, which is the subject of a notice under sub-clause (1), shall comply with the terms of the notice.

Disposal of a body
118. (1) An occupier of premises in or on which is located the body of a person who has died of an infectious disease shall, subject to sub-clause (2), cause the body to be buried or disposed of in such manner, within such time and with such precautions as may be directed by the Medical Officer.

(2) A body shall not be removed from premises where death occurred except to a cemetery or morgue.


Local government may carry out work and recover costs
119. (1) Where -

(a) a person is required under this Division or by a notice given under this Division, to carry out any work; and

(b) that person fails or neglects to comply with the requirement,

that person commits an offence and the local government may carry out the work or arrange for the work to be carried out by another.


(2) The costs and expenses incurred by the local government in the execution of a power under this clause may be recovered in a court of competent jurisdiction from the person referred to in sub-clause (1)(a).
(3) The local government shall not be liable to pay compensation or damages of any kind to the person referred to in sub-clause (1)(a) in relation to any action taken by the local government under this clause.
Division 2 - Disposal of used condoms and needles
Disposal of used condoms
120. (1) An occupier of premises on or from which used condoms are produced shall ensure that the condoms are -

(a) placed in a sealed impervious container and disposed of in a sanitary manner; or

(b) disposed of in such a manner as may be directed by the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services.
(2) A person shall not dispose of a used condom in a public place except in accordance with sub-clause (1).
Disposal of used needles
121. A person shall not dispose of a used hypodermic syringe or needle in a public place unless it is placed in an approved impenetrable, leak-proof container and deposited in a refuse receptacle.
PART 8 – LODGING HOUSES
Division 1 - Registration
Interpretation
122. (1) In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires -
"bed" means a single sleeping berth only. A double bed provided for the use of couples, shall have the same floor space requirements as two single beds;
"bunk" means a sleeping berth comprising one of two arranged vertically;
"dormitory" means a building or room utilised for sleeping purposes at a short-term hostel or recreational campsite;
"keeper" means a person whose name appears on the register of keepers, in respect of a lodging house, as the keeper of that lodging house;
“laundry unit” means a group of facilities consisting of-

(a) a washing machine with a capacity of not less than 4 kilograms of dry clothing;

(b) one wash trough of not less than 36 litres capacity, connected to both hot and cold water;

(c) a hot water system is provided that-

is capable of delivering 136 litres of water per hour at a temperature of at least 75 C for each washing machine provided with the communal facilities;

(d) has a delivery rate of not less than 18 litres per minute to each washing machine; and

(e) either an electric drying cabinet or not less than 30 metres of clothesline.
"lodger" means a person who obtains, for hire or reward, board or lodging in a lodging house;
"lodging house" includes a recreational campsite, a serviced apartment and a short-term hostel;
"manager" means a person duly appointed by the keeper in accordance with this Division to reside in, and have the care and management of, a lodging house;
“recreational campsite” means a lodging house-

(a) situated on a campsite principally used for-

(i) recreational, sporting, religious, ethnic or educational pursuits; or

(ii) conferences or conventions; and


(b) where the period of occupancy of any lodger is not more than 14 consecutive days, and includes youth camps, youth education camps, church camps and riding schools;
"register of lodgers" means the register kept in accordance with Section 157 of the Act and this Part;
"resident" means a person, other than a lodger, who resides in a lodging house;
"serviced apartment" means a lodging house in which each sleeping apartment, or group of sleeping apartments in common occupancy, is provided with its own sanitary conveniences and may have its own cooking facilities;
"short term hostel" means a lodging house where the period of occupancy of any lodger is not more than 14 consecutive days and shall include youth hostels and backpacker hostels; and
“vector of disease” means an arthropod or rodent that transmits, by biological or mechanical means, an infectious agent from a source or reservoir to a person, and includes fleas, bedbugs, crab lice, body lice and head lice.
(2) Where in this Part an act is required to be done or forbidden to be done in relation to any lodging house, the keeper of the lodging house has, unless the contrary intention appears, the duty of causing to be done the act so required to be done, or of preventing from being done the act so forbidden to be done, as the case may be.
Lodging House not to be kept unless registered
123. A person shall not keep or cause, suffer or permit to be kept a lodging house unless -

(a) the lodging house is constructed in accordance with the requirements of this Part;

(b) the lodging house is registered by the local government under clause 125;

(c) the name of the person keeping or proposing to keep the lodging house is entered in the register of keepers; and

(d) either -

(i) the keeper; or

(ii) a manager who, with the written approval of the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services, has been appointed by the keeper to have the care and management of the lodging house,
resides or intends to reside continuously in the lodging house, whenever there are one or more lodgers in the lodging house.
Application for registration
124. An application for registration of a lodging house shall be -

(a) in the form prescribed in Schedule 1;


(b) duly completed and signed by the proposed keeper; and
(c) accompanied by -

(i) the fee as fixed from time to time by Council under section 344C of the Act; and

(ii) detailed plans and specifications of the lodging house.
Approval of application
125. The local government may approve, with or without conditions, an application under clause 126 by issuing to the applicant a certificate in the form of Schedule 2.
Renewal of registration
126. A person who keeps a lodging house, which is registered under this Part, shall -

(a) during the month of June in each year apply to the local government for the renewal of the registration of the lodging house; and


(b) pay the fee prescribed in Schedule 12 at the time of making each application for renewal.
Notification upon sale or transfer
127. If the owner of a lodging house sells or transfers or agrees to sell or transfer the lodging house to another person, he or she shall, within 14 days of the date of sale, transfer or agreement, give to the Chief Executive, in the form of Schedule 3 written notice of the full name, address and occupation of the person to whom the lodging house has been, or is to be, sold or transferred.
Revocation of registration
128. (1) Subject to sub-clause (3), the local government may, at any time, revoke the registration of a lodging house for any reason which, in the opinion of the local government, justifies the revocation.
(2) Without limiting the generality of sub-clause (1), the local government may revoke a registration upon any one or more of the following grounds -

(a) that the lodging house has not, to the satisfaction of local government, been kept free from vectors of disease or in a clean, wholesome and sanitary condition;

(b) that the keeper has -

(i) been convicted of an offence against these Local Laws in respect of the lodging house;

(ii) not complied with a requirement of this Part; or

(iii) not complied with a condition of registration.

(c) that the local government, having regard to a report from the Police Service, is satisfied that the keeper or manager is not a fit and proper person; and

(d) that, by reason of alterations or additions or neglect to repair and renovate, the condition of the lodging house is such as to render it, in the opinion of the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services, unfit to remain registered.


(3) Before revoking the registration of a lodging house under this clause, the local government shall give notice to the keeper requiring him or her, within a time specified in the notice, to show cause why the registration should not be revoked.
(4) Whenever the local government revokes the registration of a lodging house, it shall give the keeper notice of the revocation and the registration shall be revoked as from the date on which the notice is served on the keeper.
Division 2 - Construction and Use Requirements
General Construction Requirements
129. The general construction requirements of a lodging house shall comply with the Building Code.
Sanitary conveniences
130. (1) A keeper shall maintain in good working order and condition and in convenient positions on the premises -

(a) toilets; and

(b) bathrooms, each fitted with a wash hand basin and either a shower or a bath.
(2) A bathroom or toilet, which is used as a private bathroom or toilet to the exclusion of other lodgers or residents, shall not be counted for the purposes of sub-clause (1).
(3) Each bath, shower and hand washbasin shall be provided with an adequate supply of hot and cold water.
(4) The walls of each shower and bath shall be of an impervious material to a minimum height of 1.8 metres above the floor level.
(5) Each toilet and bathroom shall -

(a) be so situated, separated and screened as to ensure privacy;

(b) be apportioned to each sex;

(c) have a distinct sign displayed in a prominent position denoting the sex for which the toilet or bathroom is provided; and

(d) be provided with adequate electric lighting.
(6) Paragraph (b) and (c) of sub-clause (5) do not apply to a serviced apartment.
Laundry
130. (1) A keeper shall -

(a) subject to sub-clause (2)-

(i) in the case of a recreational campsite, provide on the premises a laundry consisting of at least one 45 litre stainless steel trough; and

(ii) in any other case, provide on the premises a laundry unit for each 15

lodgers;

(b) at all times maintain each laundry in a proper sanitary condition and in good repair;

(c) provide an adequate supply of hot and cold water to each wash trough, sink, copper and washing machine; and

(d) ensure that the floor area of each laundry is properly surfaced with an evenfall to a floor waste.


(2) The Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services may approve the provision of a reduced number of laundry units if suitable equipment of a commercial type is installed.
Kitchen
132. The keeper of a lodging house shall provide in that lodging house a kitchen which -

(a) has a minimum floor area of-

(i) 0.65 square metres per person, where lodgers prepare their own meals;

(ii) 0.35 square metres per person where meals are provided by the keeper or manager; or

(iii) 1 square metre per person, where a kitchen and dining room are combined but in any case not less than 16 square metres;
(b) has adequate -

(i) food storage facilities and cupboards to prevent contamination of food, or cooking or eating utensils, by dirt, dust, flies or other vectors of disease of any kind; and

(ii) refrigerator space for storage of perishable goods;
(c) complies with the requirements of the Health (Food Hygiene) Regulations 1993; and
(d) has a wash hand basin and a double bowl sink, each provided with an adequate supply of hot and cold water.
Cooking Facilities
133. (1) The keeper of a lodging house where lodgers prepare their own meals shall provide a kitchen with electrical, gas or other stoves and ovens approved by the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services in accordance with the following table -


No of Lodgers

Ovens

4 Burner Stoves

1 –15

1

1

16 – 30

1

2

31 – 45

2

3

46 – 60

2

4

61 and Over

2

4 + 1 for each additional 15 Lodgers (or part thereof) over 61

(2) The keeper of a lodging house where meals are provided by the keeper or manager shall provide a kitchen with cooking appliances of a number and type approved by the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services.


Dining Room
134. The keeper of a lodging house shall provide in that lodging house a dining room -

(a) located in close proximity to, or combined with the kitchen;


(b) the floor area of which shall be 0.5 square metres per person or 10 square metres whichever is the greater; and
(c) which shall be -

(i) adequately furnished to accommodate, at any one time, half of the number of lodgers; and

(ii) provided with a suitable floor covering.
Lounge Room
135. The keeper of a lodging house shall provide in that lodging house a lounge room -

(a) with a floor area of-

(i) where the lounge is not combined with the dining room - not less than 0.6 square metres per person; or

(ii) where the lounge room is combined with a dining room - not less than 1.2 square metres per person;

but in either case having a minimum of 13 square metres; and
(b) which shall be -

(i) adequately furnished to accommodate, at any one time, half of the number of lodgers; and

(ii) provided with a suitable floor covering.
Fire prevention and control
136. (1) A keeper shall -

(a) in each passage in the lodging house provide an emergency light -

(i) in such a position and of such a pattern, as approved by the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services; and

(ii) which shall be kept separate from the general lighting system and kept illuminated during the hours of darkness;


(b) provide an approved fire blanket positioned within 2 metres of the cooking area in each kitchen;
(c) ensure that each exit sign and fire-fighting appliance is clearly visible, accessible and maintained in good working order at all times.
(2) A keeper shall ensure that all buildings comprising the lodging house are fitted with fire protection equipment as required by the Building Code and approved by local government.
Obstruction of passages and stairways
137. A keeper shall not cause, suffer or permit furniture, fittings or other things to be placed either temporarily or permanently in or on -

(a) a stairway, stair landing, fire-escape, window or common passageway; or

(b) part of the lodging house in common use or intended or adapted for common use,

in such a manner as to form an obstruction to the free passage of lodgers, residents or persons in or occupying the lodging house.



Fitting of locks
138. A person shall not fit, or cause or permit to be fitted, to an exit door a lock or other device which prevents the door being opened from within a lodging house.
Restriction on use of rooms for sleeping
139. (1) Subject to sub-clause (3) and clause 161, a keeper shall not use or permit to be used as a sleeping apartment a room in a lodging house -

(a) which contains food;

(b) which contains or is fitted with a cooking appliance or kitchen sink;

(c) which is used as a kitchen, scullery, storeroom, dining room, general sitting room or lounge room or for the preparation or storage of food;

(d) which is not reasonably accessible without passing through a sleeping or other room in the private occupation of another person;

(e) which, except in the case of a short term hostel or a recreational campsite, contains less than 5.5 square metres of clear space for each lodger occupying the room;

(f) which is naturally illuminated by windows having a ratio of less than 0.1 square metre of unobstructed glass to every 1.0 square metre of floor area;

(g) which is ventilated at a ratio of less than 0.5 square metre of unobstructed ventilating area to every 10 square metres of floor area;

(h) in which the lighting or ventilation referred to in paragraphs (f) and (g) is obstructed or is not in good and efficient order;

(i) which is not free from internal dampness;

(j) of which any part of the floor is below the level of the adjoining ground; or

(k) the floor of which is not fitted with an approved carpet or vinyl floor covering or other floor treatment approved by the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services.


(2) For the purposes of this clause, two children under the age of 10 years shall be counted as one lodger.
(3) Paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of sub-clause (1) shall not apply to a serviced apartment.
Sleeping Accommodation - Short Term Hostel and Recreational Campsite
140. (1) A keeper of a short term hostel or recreational campsite shall provide a clear floor space of not less than-

(i) 4 square metres per person in each dormitory utilising beds;

(ii) 2.5 square metres per person in dormitories utilising bunks.
(2) The calculation of floor space in sub-clause (1), shall exclude the area occupied by any large items of furniture, such as wardrobes, but may include the area occupied by beds.
(3) The minimum height of any ceiling in a short term hostel or recreational campsite shall be 2.4 metres in any dormitory utilising beds and 2.7 metres in any dormitory utilising bunks.
(4) The minimum floor area requirements in sub-clause (1), will only apply if there is ventilation, separation distances, fire egress and other safety requirements in accordance with the Building Code.
(5) The keeper of any short-term hostel or recreational campsite shall provide-

(i) fixed outlet ventilation at a ratio of 0.15 square metres to each 10 square metres of floor area of the dormitories. Dormitories shall be provided with direct ventilation to the open air from a point within 230 millimetres of the ceiling level through a fixed open window or vents, carried as direct to the open air as is practicable; or

(ii) mechanical ventilation in lieu of fixed ventilation, subject to local government’s approval.
(6) The keeper of any short-term hostel or recreational campsite shall provide beds with a minimum size of-

(i) in short term hostels - 800 millimetres x 1.9 metres;

(ii) in recreational campsites – 750 millimetres 1.85 metres.
(7) The keeper of any short-term hostel or recreational campsite shall-

(i) ensure that at all times a distance of 750 millimetres between beds and a minimum distance of 900 millimetres between bunks is maintained;

(ii) ensure that where bed or bunk heads are placed against the wall on either side of a dormitory, ensure there is a passageway of at least 1.35 metres between each row of beds and a passageway of at least 2 metres between each row of bunks. The passageway shall be kept clear of obstruction at all times; and

(iii) ensure all doors, windows and ventilators are kept free of obstruction.


(8) The keeper of a short-term hostel or recreational campsite shall ensure that-

(a) materials used in dormitory areas must comply with AS 1530.2 - 1993 and AS 1530.3 – 1999 as follows:-

(i) drapes, curtains, blinds and bed covers - a maximum Flammability Index of 6;

(ii) upholstery & bedding - a maximum Spread of Flame Index of 6;

- a maximum Smoke Developed Index of 5;

(iii) floor coverings - a maximum Spread of Flame Index of 7.

- a maximum Smoke Developed Index of 5;

(b) Fire retardant coatings used to make a material comply with these indices is -

(i) certified by the manufacturer as approved for use with the fabric to achieve the required indices;

(ii) certified by the manufacturer to retain its fire reparative effect after a minimum of 5 commercial dry cleaning or laundering operations carried out in accordance with AS 2001.1 -1995, Procedure 7A, using ECE reference detergent; and

(iii) certified by the applicator as having been carried out in accordance with the manufacturer's specification,
(c) emergency lighting is provided in accordance with the Building Code;
(d) a lodger or person does not smoke in any dormitory, kitchen, dining room or other enclosed place, within a short term hostel or recreational campsite;
(e) shall ensure all mattresses are fitted with a mattress protector.

Furnishing etc. of sleeping apartments
141. (1) A keeper shall -

(a) furnish each sleeping apartment with clean sufficient number of beds and sufficient bedding of good quality;

(b) ensure that each bed -

(i) has a bed head, impervious mattress and pillow; and

(ii) is provided with a pillow case, two sheets, a blanket or rug and, from the 1st day of May to the 30th day of September, not less than one additional blanket or rug; and

(c) furnish each bedroom so that there are adequate storage facilities for belongings within the room.


(2) A keeper shall not cause, suffer or permit any tiered beds or bunks to be used in a sleeping apartment other than in a lodging house used exclusively as a short term hostel or recreational campsite.
(3) The sheets and blankets required to be provided by subclause (1)(b)(ii), shall be deemed to have been provided by the keeper, where the keeper offers them for hire to the lodgers. In such circumstances, each lodger must either provide his own clean sheets or hire them from the keeper.
(4) In short term hostel or recreational campsite, the storage facilities required by subclause (1)(c) may be located in a separate secure storage room or locker room.
Ventilation
142. (1) If, in the opinion of an Environmental Health Officer, a kitchen, bathroom, toilet, laundry or habitable room is not adequately or properly ventilated, he or she may direct the keeper to provide a different or additional method of ventilation.
(2) The keeper shall comply with any direction given under sub-clause (1) within such time as directed.
Numbers to be placed on Doors
143. (1) A keeper shall place or cause to be placed on the outside of the doors of all rooms available to lodgers in the lodging house, serial numbers so that -

(a) the number "1" is placed on the outside of the door of the room nearest to the front or main entry door of the lodging house; and

(b) the numbers continue in sequence throughout each floor (if there is more than one) of the lodging house.
(2) The numbers to be placed on the doors under sub-clause (1) shall be -

(a) not less than 40 millimetres in height;

(b) 1.5 metres from the floor; and

(c) permanently fixed either by being painted on the doors or shown by other legible means.


Division 3 - Management and Care
Keeper or manager to reside in the lodging house
144. No keeper of a lodging-house shall absent himself from such house, unless he leaves some reputable person in charge thereof.
Register of lodgers
145. (1) A keeper shall keep a register of lodgers in the form of Schedule 4.
(2) The register of lodgers shall be -

(a) kept in the lodging house; and

(b) open to inspection at any time on demand by any member of the Police Service or by an Environmental Health Officer.
Keeper report
146. A keeper shall, whenever required by the local government, report to the local government, in the form of Schedule 5, the name of each lodger who lodged in the lodging house during the preceding day or night.
Certificate in respect of sleeping accommodation
147. (1) An Environmental Health Officer may issue to a keeper a certificate, in respect of each room, which shall be in the form of Schedule 6.
(2) The certificate issued under sub-clause (1) shall specify the maximum number of persons who shall be permitted to occupy each room as a sleeping apartment at any one time.
(3) When required by the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services, a keeper shall exhibit the certificate issued under this clause in a conspicuous place.
(4) A person shall not cause, suffer or permit a greater number of persons than is specified on a certificate issued under this clause to occupy the room to which it refers.
Duplicate keys and inspection
148. Each keeper and manager of a lodging house shall -

(a) retain possession of a duplicate key to the door of each room; and


(b) when required by an Environmental Health Officer, open the door of any room for the purposes of inspection by the Officer.
Room occupancy
149. (1) A keeper shall not -

(a) cause, suffer or permit more than the maximum number of persons permitted by the Certificate of Registration of the lodging house to be lodged at any one time in the lodging house;

(b) cause, suffer or permit to be placed or kept in any sleeping apartments -

(i) a larger number of beds; or

(ii) a larger quantity of bedding,

than is required to accommodate and provide for the maximum number of persons permitted to occupy the sleeping apartment at any one time; and

(c) use or cause, suffer or permit to be used for sleeping purposes a room that -

(i) has not been certified for that purpose; and

(ii) the Local government or the Medical Officer has forbidden to be used as a sleeping apartment.
(2) For the purpose of this clause, two children under 10 years of age shall be counted as one lodger.
Maintenance of a room by a lodger or resident
150. (1) A keeper may permit, or contract with, a lodger or resident to service, clean or maintain the room or rooms occupied by the lodger or resident.
(2) Where permission is given or a contract entered into under sub-clause (1), the keeper shall -

(a) inspect each room the subject of the permission or agreement at least once a week; and

(b) ensure that each room is being maintained in a clean condition.
(3) A lodger or resident who contracts with a keeper to service, clean or maintain a room occupied by him or her, shall maintain the room in a clean condition.
Cleaning and maintenance requirements
151. (1) In this clause -

"bed linen" includes sheets and pillowcases and in the case of short-term hostel or a recreational campsite, mattress protectors.
(2) A keeper of a lodging house shall -

(a) maintain in a clean, sound and undamaged condition -

(i) the floor, walls, ceilings, woodwork and painted surfaces;

(ii) the floor coverings and window treatments; and

(iii) the toilet seats;

(b) maintain in a clean condition and in good working order -

(i) all fixtures and fittings; and

(ii) windows, doors and door furniture;

(c) ensure that the internal walls of each bathroom and toilet are painted so as to maintain a smooth impervious washable surface;

(d) whenever there are one or more lodgers in a lodging house, ensure that the laundry floor is cleaned daily;

(e) ensure that -

(i) all bed linen, towels and house linen in use are washed at least once a week;

(ii) within a reasonable time of a bed having been vacated by a lodger or resident, the bed linen is removed and washed;

(iii) a person does not occupy a bed, which has been used by another person unless the bed has been provided with clean bed linen;

(iv) all beds, bedsteads, blankets, rugs, covers, bed linen, towels and house linen are kept clean, in good repair and free from vectors of disease;

(v) when any vectors of disease are found in a bed, furniture, room or sleeping apartment, immediate effective action is taken to eradicate the vectors of disease; and

(vi) a room, which is not free from vectors of disease, is not used as a sleeping apartment;

(f) when so directed by the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services, ensure that -

(i) a room, together with its contents, and any other part of the lodging house, is cleaned and disinfected; and

(ii) a bed or other article of furniture is removed from the lodging house and properly disposed of;

(g) ensure that the yard is kept clean at all times;

(h) provide all bedrooms, passages, common areas, toilets, bathrooms and laundries with adequate lighting; and

(i) comply with any direction, whether orally or in writing, given by the Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services or an Environmental Health Officer.
Responsibilities of lodgers and residents
152. A lodger or resident shall not -

(a) use any room available to lodgers -

(i) as a shop, store or factory; or

(ii) for manufacturing or trading services;

(b) keep or store in or on the lodging house any goods or materials which are inflammable, obnoxious or offensive;

(c) use a bath or wash hand basin other than for ablutionary purposes;

(d) use a bathroom facility or fitting for laundry purposes;

(e) use a sink installed in a kitchen or scullery for any purpose other than the washing and cleaning of cooking and eating utensils, other kitchenware and culinary purposes;

(f) deposit rubbish or waste food other than into a proper rubbish receptacle;

(g) in a kitchen or other place where food is kept -

(i) wash or permit the washing of clothing or bedding; or

(ii) keep or permit to be kept any soiled clothing or bedding;

(h) subject to clause 155 -

(i) keep, store, prepare or cook food in any sleeping apartment; or

(ii) unless sick or invalid and unable to leave a sleeping apartment for that reason, use a sleeping apartment for dining purposes;

(i) place or keep, in any part of a lodging house, any luggage, clothing, bedding or furniture that is infested with vectors of disease;

(j) store or keep such a quantity of furniture, material or goods within the lodging house -

(i) in any kitchen, living or sleeping apartment so as to prevent the cleaning of the floors, walls, fittings or fixtures; or

(ii) in a sleeping apartment so as to decrease the air space to less than the minimum required by this Part;

(k) obstruct or prevent the keeper or manager from inspecting or examining the room or rooms occupied by the lodger or resident; and

(l) fix any fastener or change any lock to a door or room without the written approval of the keeper.
Approval for storage of food
153. (1) The Manager, Environmental Health & Regulatory Services may -

(a) upon written application from a keeper, approve the storage of food within a refrigerator or sealed container in a sleeping apartment; and

(b) withdraw the approval if a nuisance or vector of disease infestation is found to exist in the lodging house.
(2) The keeper of a serviced apartment may permit the storage and consumption of food within that apartment if suitable storage and dining facilities are provided.

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